Category Archives: January



“There are Jews Here” is streaming for free all year on the World Channel and can be seen here:

Contributed by Nancy Oyer


This is a reminder about the lay services led by Devorah Werner the first Friday of the month, January 3, 2020, at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel, with a milchig (dairy) potluck to follow.

The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.

Hope to see as many of you there as possible.


My name is Robert Shay and I am the Commander of the Pacific NW Post 686 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States. Our organization was formed in 1896 by 36 Jewish veterans of the Union Army, in the Civil War. Originally we were the Hebrew Union Veterans Association and in the 1920’s we merged with the Jewish Spanish American War veterans group and became the J.W.V.

The reason I am writing is to connect with Jewish veterans in Montana, so that hopefully, our National Commander who has vacation property near Plains, can make a trip to the state. Our Post is located in Bellevue, WA, and I am working on our outreach to veterans in states where there is not a Post. I have been working through Brian Schnitzer, MAJCo and have made connections in Helena and Billings.

My wife and I are retired and have enjoyed many road trips across Montana to tour our National Parks, visit relatives and former family home towns in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. We are also hoping to make another trip to Glacier this year to finally get across the pass on the Highway To The Sun, which we have failed to do on two previous trips. We also want to make a trip across the north highway to visit the Fort Peck Veterans Memorial. I have been in contact with the sculptor and am very impress with her work.

If you know of any Jewish veterans in Montana please have them contact me as I am offering free first year membership to our organization.

Thank you for any help you can offer,

Bob Shay

Is There a World War 1 Memorial or Monument in your hometown?
If yes, please contact me.

Robert “Bob” Shay
Commander, Jewish War Veterans, Pacific NW Post 686
Chaplain, Veterans of Foreign Wars Lake Washington Post 2995
Volunteer Monument Hunter for the United States World War 1 Centennial Commission


Jerusalem of Gold
This Sunday our community will observe Tisha B’av and turn our attention to the city of Jerusalem, mourning the destruction of its temples some two millennia ago. Here is the most famous love song to Jerusalem, my hometown, sung with my amazing colleagues Cantors Netanel Herstik and Yaakov Lemmer live in Amsterdam for the PBS Special “The New York Cantors.”


Remembering our departed is one of the most important mitzvot we can observe.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Dawn Schandelson Sep 3, 2018 23 Elul, 5778 Wife of Arny Schandelson, Mother of Brett and Scott Schandelson
Donald Goldman May 14, 2018 29 Iyyar, 5778 Father of Abby Drew, Grandfather of Cece Drew
FRANCES WALTMAN Apr 1, 2018 16 Nisan, 5778 Mother of Marjorie Feldman
Sarah Barrett Jan 1, 1968 30 Kislev, 5728 Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman
Gene Charnes Jan 1, 2003 27 Tevet, 5763 Father of Joe Charnes
Dr. Irving “Chick” Waltman Jan 5, 2016 24 Tevet, 5776 Father of Marjorie Feldman
Cynthia Boyd Jan 10, 2009 14 Tevet, 5769 Mother of Stephen Boyd
Emma Betteti Jan 11, 1994 28 Tevet, 5754 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Alexander Fischer Jan 13, 1983 28 Tevet, 5743 Father of Robert Fischer
Daniel E. Fischer Jan 18, 2004 24 Tevet, 5764 Brother of Robert Fischer
Bess Cherry Jan 23, 1995 22 Sh’vat, 5755 Mother of Don Cherry
Edith Wasserman Jan 24, 1992 19 Sh’vat, 5752 Mother of Miriam Wolf
Perle Weissman Jan 26, 2008 19 Sh’vat, 5768 Mother of Jerry Weissman
Dorothy Barer Jan 26, 2009 1 Sh’vat, 5769 Mother of Michael Barer
Alfred Breslauer Jan 27, 1971 1 Sh’vat, 5731 Father of Bruce Breslauer
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Astrin Jan 29, 2015 17 Sh’vat, 5775
Fanny Litvin Jan 30, 1991 15 Sh’vat, 5751 Aunt of Donald Nyman


Our next monthly Friday night Kabbalat service, led by Devorah, will be Friday, January 4th, (first Friday of the month) at 6 PM at the Bethel Lutheran Church. Dairy or parve potluck to follow. At this service, Wendy (clarinet), Sarah (voice), and 2 friends – Laura (piano) and Jean (clarinet), will be performing the Leonard Cohen arrangement of Hallelujah. We have been practicing and are ready to perform for all to hear. Please join us for services, a performance and a potluck.

Hope to see you there! Happy American New Year!


The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.


Unfortunately, due to illness, the festivities at The Cattlemen’s Cut this evening have been cancelled. We will let you know when or whether they will be rescheduled. Thanks for your understanding.


These are some of the most successful films in our library that would provide enriching viewing experiences for your community.

Body and Soul: An American Bridge explores the history of the most recorded song in jazz. Combining enlightening commentary with performances by John Coltrane, Dianne Schurr, Louis Armstrong and the New Cotton Club Orchestra, and more, this documentary uncovers the collaborations and conflicts between African Americans and Jews that lie within the roots of jazz – the music of America.

50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus follows the incredible journey of one couple navigating the realities of a 1939 Nazi policy that allowed Jews to leave Germany, but saw few countries granting them asylum. Yet in Philadelphia, a Jewish lawyer named Gilbert Kraus and his elegant wife Eleanor took on the daring task of getting 50 Jewish children out of Germany and into the United States. This tense and compelling story, narrated by Alan Alda, is brought to life by private journals and a trove of previously unseen home movies.

There Are Jews Here is an insightful, important documentary that travels to places in America in which once-thriving Jewish communities have since dwindled to just a few, following what those communities are now doing to keep their congregations active. It has played at festivals across the US and even sold out all its screenings at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Read press releases from Tablet and The Forward!

A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt is the dramatic telling of the true, but little-known story of the love, bravery, and sacrifice of Otto Weidt. An Oscar Schindler-like figure, Otto saved the lives of all of the blind and deaf employees at his brush factory. The film also brings to life his tragic love of Alice Licht and his desperate journey to save her and her family from the gas chamber, despite being almost completely blind himself.

Breakfast at Ina’s is a compelling documentary about Chicago legend Ina Pinkney, locally known as the “Breakfast Queen.” Ina has been feeding Chicagoans for the past 33 years – most recently, from her beloved breakfast nook in the West Loop. She’s a community leader, a pioneer, a television personality, but most importantly, she’s the rare sort of person who’s found a way to transform her passion into a joy that extends to an entire city, and beyond.

The Sturgeon Queens is an examination of the immigrant experience in the United States and the delicious food that results from people adapting the flavors of the old country for a new home.
Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family created Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives to this day. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old, and interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy looks at the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical and many of the songs that comprise “The American Songbook.” The film showcases the work of some of the nation’s preeminent creators of musical theater, including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, and many more.

Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown questions why American critics and tastemakers have long viewed Jerry Lewis as nothing more than a clown, while their counterparts in France and Europe have recognized him as a true auteur. Is he just a brash, anything-for-a-yuk buffoon? Or is he a creative genius? Who is the man behind the clown? Lauded by esteemed film critic Leonard Maltin as a “first-rate documentary” at the Telluride Film Festival, this film finds answers in never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews with Martin Scorsese, Sean Hayes, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, and most importantly, the man himself, Jerry Lewis.

The Last Blintz chronicles the closing of the The Cafe Edison, otherwise known as The Polish Tea Room. This documentary is not just a story about another famous show business haunt shutting its doors, but also one about a multi-generational, big-hearted, mom-and-pop family business cultivated by the American Dream. It’s about the heart, soul, authenticity and distinctiveness of cities that are unfortunately ripped away for impersonal, cookie-cutter, corporate chains. It’s too late for The Cafe Edison… but, looking to the future, THE LAST BLINTZ is an impassioned plea for progress that honors the past, preserving the heart and culture of our great cities before there’s nothing left.

Time to Say Goodbye is a coming-of-age comedy about a boy at a particularly challenging moment in his life. As he becomes a teenager, he must also juggle personal conflicts driven by his relationship with his parents, who are struggling in their own ways with life, and his attempt to square religion with his feelings for the opposite sex. It is a laugh-out-loud tale of a young man navigating the awkwardness of growing up.

The Law is a riveting drama based on the inspiring true story of Simone Veil. Born in France in the 1920s, she studied politics at Paris’s prestigious Sciences Po until she and her family were deported to concentration camps during World War II. Veil survived both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen to lead the fight for women’s rights for decades. As Chirac’s Minister of Health, she advocated for a woman’s right to choose, leading to important, but controversial legislation in 1974.

Please follow up if you would like to know more about any of these titles. We are always happy to send a digital screener if you would like to preview a film. Thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon!



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Save the Date
Calling All Cemetery Enthusiasts!
Montana Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop
Helena, Montana
June 21-23, 2018

A three-day workshop focusing on the many technologies available to preserve, restore, and locate burial sites. From light detection and ranging (LiDAR) to ground penetrating radar (GPR), from burial detecting dogs to drone photography, and from archival research to using complex databases, we will showcase it all! Hosted by the Montana History Foundation, with generous funding from the National Park Service, this workshop will provide an overview of the many technologies available for cemetery historians and preservationists.

Where: Radisson Colonial Hotel
Helena, Montana
When: June 21-23, 2018
What: One day of classroom sessions &
Two days of hands-on demonstrations and tours
Who: Anyone interested in historic cemetery preservation
Cost: $125 per person / $65 for students

Register: Available soon at: